James from the New America foundation sez, "The FCC launched a consumer broadband test on their blog broadband.gov yesterday. Internet speeds in the US are often 50% to 80% lower than advertised and its vital consumers have reliable information on the actual performance of their connections.
One of the two tools the FCC is using is the Network Diagnostic Tool (NDT), an open source tool hosted on MeasurementLab.net (M-Lab). The validity of NDT can be independently verified, and all data is publicly released. M-Lab hosts other test as wells, such as a test to see if bit torrent is being throttled, or how much bandwidth is available."
Consumer Broadband Test
A new documentary, “(In)Securus Technologies: An Assault on Prisoner Rights”, tracks the rise of for-profit video “visitation” programs, which are being rolled out across America’s unimaginably huge prison system, replacing the in-person visits that have been shown to be vital for prisoners’ successful rehabilitation and reintegration into society.
An editorial in The American Journal of Public Health, signed by 2,000 MDs, endorses Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All” single-payer healthcare system.
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo — a former venture capitalist who invested state funds with hedge funds during her tenure as state treasurer — invited Goldman Sachs to set up a partnership with the Community College of Rhode Island, then kicked out the college’s daycare center to make room for Goldman staffers to work.
3D printing has been one of those “next big thing” innovations among early adopters and the tech circle in-crowd for a few years now. However, the prospect of creating your own three-dimensional objects is still in its relative infancy with the general public. While the idea itself is fascinating to most, high prices and the […]
White hat hackers get paid to find holes in their own employers’ online systems, and plug those holes before they become serious security risks. It’s a job that pays handsomely…mostly because few job candidates, even experienced IT professionals, have the skills to scamper over firewalls and infiltrate the deepest recesses of a battle-tested network. But […]
Why buy one of those expensive and confusing universal remotes, clogged with enough buttons to launch a space shuttle, when you could accomplish the same electronic control right on your favorite mobile device? The Blumoo Universal Remote, now just $52.99 in the Boing Boing Store, harnesses the audio power of all your household equipment right […]